The Book Concerning The Tincture Of The

Philosophers
WRITTEN AGAINST THOSE SOPHISTS BORN SINCE THE DELUGE, IN THE AGE OF OUR LORD
JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD;
By PH. THEOPHRASTUS BOMBAST, of HOHENHEIM,
Philosopher of the Monarchia, Prince of Spagyrists, Chief Astronomer, Surpassing Physician,
and Trismegistus of Mechanical Arcana.

PREFACE.
SINCE you, O Sophist, everywhere abuse me with such fatuous and mendacious words, on the ground
that being sprung from rude Helvetia I can understand and know nothing: and also because being a duly
qualified physician I still wander from one district to another; therefore I have proposed by means of this
treatise to disclose to the ignorant and inexperienced: what good arts existed in the first age; what my
art avails against you and yours against me; what should be thought of each, and how my posterity in
this age of grace will imitate me. Look at Hermes, Archelaus, and others in the first age: see what
Spagyrists and what Philosophers then existed. By this they testify that their enemies, who are your
patrons, O Sophist, at the present time are but mere empty forms and idols. Although this would not be
attested by those who are falsely considered your authentic fathers and saints, yet the ancient Emerald
Table shews more art and experience in Philosophy, Alchemy, Magic, and the like, than could ever be
taught by you and your crowd of followers. If you do not yet understand, from the aforesaid facts, what
and how great treasures these are, tell me why no prince or king was ever able to subdue the Egyptians.
Then tell me why the Emperor Diocletian ordered all the Spagyric books to be burnt (so far as he could
lay his hands upon them). Unless the contents of those books had been known, they would have been
obliged to bear still his intolerable yoke, - a yoke, O Sophist, which shall one day be put upon the neck of
yourself and your colleagues.
From the middle of this age the Monarchy of all the Arts has been at length derived and conferred on me,
Theophrastus Paracelsus, Prince of Philosophy and of Medicine. For this purpose I have been chosen by
God to extinguish and blot out all the phantasies of elaborate and false works, of delusive and
presumptuous words, be they the words of Aristotle, Galen, Avicenna, Mesva, or the dogmas of any
among their followers. My theory, proceeding as it does from the light of Nature, can never, through its
consistency, pass away or be changed: but in the fifty-eighth year after its millennium and a half it will
then begin to flourish. The practice at the same time following upon the theory will be proved by
wonderful and incredible signs, so as to be open to mechanics and common people, and they will
thoroughly understand how firm and immovable is that Paracelsic Art against the triflings of the Sophists:
though meanwhile that sophistical science has to have its ineptitude propped up and fortified by papal
and imperial privileges. In that I am esteemed by you a mendicant and vagabond sophist, the Danube
and the Rhine will answer that accusation, though I hold my tongue. Those calumnies of yours falsely
devised against me have often displeased many courts and princes, many imperial cities, the knightly
order, and the nobility. I have a treasure hidden in a certain city called Weinden, belonging to Forum
Julii, at an inn, - a treasure which neither you, Leo of Rome, nor you, Charles the German, could
purchase with all your substance. Although the signed star has been applied to the arcanum of your
names, it is known to none but the sons of the divine Spagyric Art. So then, you wormy and lousy
Sophist, since you deem the monarch of arcana a mere ignorant, fatuous, and prodigal quack, now, in
this mid age, I determine in my present treatise to disclose the honourable course of procedure in these
matters, the virtues and preparation of the celebrated Tincture of the Philosophers for the use and
honour of all who love the truth, and in order that all who despise the true arts may be reduced to
poverty. By this arcanum the last age shall be illuminated clearly and compensated for all its losses by the
gift of grace and the reward of the spirit of truth, so that since the beginning of the world no similar

many rustics have been ennobled. still it is known by few. But Albertus Magnus. so that out of one two are produced. I. experimentally. according to the use of the ancients. and every instrument which is requisite for this work must be mastered by experience. by the very best methods of demonstration. Hali. I will show and open to you. Theophrastus Paracelsus Bombast. this corporeal regeneration. distillations. vice will not be able to suppress the good. earthen vessels. that all those who before me have approached this so difficult province with their own fancies and acute speculations have. and beyond this the brightness of gold does not shine so much for the Spagyrist as do these two when kept in one. fermentations. you are not born by God for the Spagyric art. by the art of Vulcan2. CHAPTER II. In the meantime. First of all. then. that by means thereof the proof or trial of everything may appear. or whatsoever or whosoever he be. solutions. Alchemists and Doctors. For every person may and ought to believe in another only in those matters. this has always been kept in a specially occult way by the lovers of truth. coagulations. circulators. This. Each one of these advanced in proportion to his own method. Monarch of the Arcana. Before I come. the Greek. that every searcher after this supreme philosophic work may be forced to imitate and to follow me. reverberatories. Gaul. and instruments of like kind. Come hither after me. followed also a lengthy process. Now at this time. the arcanum1. though it is called by many the Red Lion. the quintessence. to their own loss. THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. extractions. So. observed the same process. that I may give it its proper name. be he Italian. or chosen by . approached this task in his own method. remained firm in his order. can be transmuted into a White Eagle. the true is separated from the false. If any one shall have brought forward anything contrary to this method of experimentation in the Spagyric Art or in Medicine. But. by the aid of Nature and the skill of the Artist himself. which he has tried by fire. then. there is no reason for your belief in him. up to the present time.digestions. I will teach you the tincture. I. through the speculative and opinionative art of these many nobles have been changed into clowns. from my standpoint. since. nevertheless. vessels of Hermes. then. wherein lie hid the foundations of all mysteries and of all works. through the agency of fire. relying on fancy and opinion. and spagyrists. many though they be. at a long life. say that. reverberations. the matter of the Tincture (when you understand me in a Spagyrical sense) is a certain thing which. But so long as. all you philosophers. On which account. by Divine grace. Pole. or it may remain. the Egyptian. coals. they all arrive at one and the same end. nor will the resources of those vicious persons. but only to those who walk in this light. fixations. incurred the danger of their foolishness. on the other hand. you cleave to your fictitious books. the German. and since they carried golden mountains in their head before they had put their hand to the fire. it is needful that I open to you the subject thereof: for. With this light we will teach. but. The light of Nature indeed is created in this way. sublimations. CHAPTER I. passes out of three essences into one essence.germination of the intelligence and of wisdom shall ever have been heard of. cucurbites. who are exalted by me with the most consummate labours. which finally all came to the same scope and end. cause any loss to the upright. Hermes Trismegistus. you are fitted and predestinated for no one of these things. am endowed by God with special gifts for this end. the Arabian. Thus at length you will be able to profit in Alchemy and in Medicine. to the process of the Tincture. and tongs. German. Now. if you do not understand the use of the Cabalists and the old astronomers. blast-furnaces. and also at an honourable sustenance and means of preserving that life in this Valley of Misery. Orus. such as glass vessels. CONCERNING THE DEFINITION OF THE SUBJECT AND MATTER OF THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. so much desired by the philosophers. there must be learnt . of however lofty a name ye may be. PHILIPPUS Theophrastus Paracelsus Bombast. astronomers. baths. many ways have been sought to the Tincture of the Philosophers. also marble.

until the whole Lili remained dry at the bottom. their successors by diligent scrutiny afterwards came upon the two names of this simple. O Sophist. and never understood by the sophists up to this time. I. indeed. since. however. and drew them off from it frequently by distillation until the dry spirits were all elevated. CONCERNING THE PROCESS FOR THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. therefore. They would. but this. by long investigations. and the advantage of all good Alchemists. Although early experience gave this process before fixation. the labour for the Spagyrists before my times has been great and heavy. namely. and afterwards distilled therefrom the moist spirits. in this last age. If. which the philosophers have so diligently sought after. in this way. and laid itself out for ripening. and they named it with one word. has been left for me. none the less our ancestors often attained a perfect realisation of their wish by this method. I had found out experiments of the ancients better than my own. which are the highest and greatest gift for a philosopher. I should scarcely have taken up such great labours as. just as the rustic does at the proper time of year. the Spagyrists made two things out of one simple. will. This is the Lili of Alchemy and of Medicine. and separate the false or the erroneous from the true. in the Middle Age. the utility. is a very great pearl and a most precious treasure. I wish to add my own inventions. and the noblest thing next to the manifestation of the Most High and the consideration of men which can exist upon earth. then. AS IT IS SHORTENED BY PARACELSUS. or created to open your mouth concerning Alchemical Arts. they incorporated those fruits and dry spirits. they have not progressed to the perfect end thereof. as after the spring comes summer. its essences and conditions. by the violence of the fire. They again imbued the caput mortuum with moist spirits. for all those who constantly persevere in their work with patience. I have undergone willingly. as being the subject of the Tincture. Lili. and after I have laid down the experiences of the first age. then. By means of their investigations and experiments. CHAPTER III.Nature for the work of Vulcan. have had a shorter way of arriving at the treasure of the Red Lion if they had learnt the agreement of Astronomy with Alchemy. for the sake. correct the Spagyrists. so that no one should mingle their shadows with our good intentions. shall have made leaders. and I know its conjunction and resolution. The old Spagyrists putrefied Lili for a philosophical month. the earliest age gave the first experience of the Tincture. and brought the Magistery of the Tincture to such a point that it came to the harvest. three or four times. so that it scarcely could or ought to be exceeded in fidelity between two brothers. the dry were also equally sublimated. For I have tested the properties of Nature. to which at last the Age of Grace will by-and-by give its adhesion. the subject of the Tincture has been sufficiently declared. Since. until at length. When. I have found reasons why I should be able justly to blame and to change diverse things. by right after my long experiences. I approach its preparation. The matter of the Tincture. as I have demonstrated it in the Apocalypse of Hermes3. only the initial stage of the Tincture has been given to us. CONCERNING THE PROCESS OF THE ANCIENTS FOR THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS. but. CHAPTER IV. But since every day (as Christ says for the consolation of the faithful) has its own peculiar care. since before this corruption nothing could be born from it. whichever of the patriarchs. Afterwards they drew off the moist spirits from the matter. until at length the dry spirits were elevated. Lastly. through the failure of entire knowledge and complete preparation. At length the imitators of Nature putrefied this matter at its proper period just like the seed in the earth. in the meantime. so that. but the true foundation. But when afterwards. . they might come to maturity as one after another is wont to ascend and to fall away. AND A MORE COMPENDIOUS METHOD BY PARACELSUS. Then afterwards they united the moisture that had been drawn off and the dry spirits by means of a pelican. by the help of the Holy Spirit flowing into us. you. which my colleagues must imitate. nor any arcanum break forth from it. be lightened and made clear by my theory and practice. this invention had died out.

MADE BY PARACELSUS. and more wonderfully than Ovid narrates in his Metamorphoses do they come to the light. and prepares thence another thing. by permutation into all the colours. the rumour of this Art does not on that account at once break forth. in succession of time. Luna out of Venus. the Alchemist compounds certain simples. You also see with your eyes (though there is no need to speak of these things. then you should direct your journey to the South. to pass over in silence for the time being the transmutations of other natural objects. Preserve now the right of the Schools. since I have written sufficiently about it in my Secret of Secrets. this Magistery is in Nature itself. exalts them to a loftier degree than Nature by herself could do. But if you desire to lead from unity by duality in trinity with equal permutation of each. seek your Lion in the East. and therewith assumed the condition of a salamander. If you look at it from without it seems a paltry thing to transmute another into something far more noble than it was before. which effects more than Nature of herself can do. the ancient Spagyrists having placed Lili in a pelican and dried it. and abundantly elsewhere. and demonstrates against you and your idols. as in Gastaynum it is perfectly well known that Venus is produced from Saturn. who by the art of his preparation corrupts a visible body which is externally vile. the opportunity is at hand for finding out those things which were occult to all Spagyrists before me. a wonderful thing of God above Nature. it became red as blood. from which he excites another most noble and most precious essence. Seek. For thus very often out of many things one is made. Whether you will or not. in like manner. as experience witnesses. with wonderful appearances. or from the rules of Serapio. For then at length you will see that soon after your Lili shall have become heated in the Philosophic Egg. continued so long until from blackness. have learnt anything from the light of Aristotle. when Theophrastus Paracelsus has arrived as the Monarch of Arcana. still. I will now perfectly conclude it. and a most precious treasure in this Valley of Sorrows. seek. afterwards. whiter than the swan. Rightly. But at this time. coagulate them according to the old process. as becomes a lover of honour and a doctor. If you. and also to change your vessels. But you must. passing through a yellow colour. which he afterwards corrupts according to his need. Take only the rose-coloured blood from the Lion and the gluten from the Eagle. nevertheless. indeed. and confess that it is a miracle produced by the Spagyrist. You will not find better instruments than Hungary and Istria produce. concerning which we must not dilate more profusely than we have done at present. When you have mixed these. CONCERNING THE CONCLUSION OF THE PROCESS OF THE ANCIENTS. it turns out more red than any blood. which may be taken derisively by some) that in the fire of Sulphur is a great tincture for gems. so in Cyprus shall you gain all your desire. That you may rightly understand me. and bring that knowledge experimentally to light. But this gradation of metals and gems shall be omitted by me in this place. therefore. which. Lastly. come forth. and inveigh against me as a wandering vagabond? Art is a second Nature and a universe of its own. Sometimes. did they proceed with such labour. with far less expense and labour. which an infinite number have sought after and very few have found. and in the same way it is right and becoming that everyone should proceed who seeks this pearl. for this our work which has been undertaken. but the Almighty gives therewith the understanding how to conceal these and other like arts even to the coming of Elias the Artist. or from us. in Carinthia. Sol out of Luna. sophist. But if you know nothing and can do nothing. and your Eagle in the South. . blacker than the crow. which were well known to the Magi. indeed. and you will have the Tincture of the Philosophers. It will be very difficult for me to make this clearer to you unless you shall have learnt in the School of the Alchemists to observe the degrees of the fire. and in Hungary. fixed it by means of a regulated increase of the fire. There are still many more of these arcana which exhibit transmutations. They would have obtained their wish just as well.The ancient Spagyrists would not have required such lengthened labour and such wearisome repetition if they had learnt and practised their work in my school. And although these may by the Lord God be made manifest to anyone. why do you despise me as though I were an irrational Helvetian cow. and at last. Wherefore I say. As I have begun the process of our ancestors with the Tincture of the Philosophers. at which time there shall be nothing so occult that it shall not be revealed. CHAPTER V. it becomes. allow this. in my book on the Vexations of Alchemists. though they are known to few.

should perish. commonly called Zifferbrunnen. Since. These things. have been compelled to do. as can be seen in this place from the unity. and it shall be opened unto you. Similarly. a metal. they obtain a lixivium out of marcasites. as the change of Jove into Luna. If the Tincture of the Philosophers is to be used for transmutation. and sought it with the greatest diligence. namely. it happened that. This work is a wonderful one in the light of Nature. Let this have been sufficiently said by me. or the operation of the Spagyrist. in which iron is forthwith turned into Venus of a high grade. too. remain almost hidden. it soon exists as pure Venus. Let your Pharisaical schools teach you what they will from their unstable and slippery foundation. knock. and as in experience and proof they appeared to me better and more perfectly. For sometimes. But a man ought by Spagyric preparations to lead it thither where it was ordained by Nature. and more like them. But follow true Art. 38) degrees. that by the Magistery. CONCERNING THE TRANSMUTATION OF METALS BY THE PERFECTION OF MEDICINE. and never more returns to iron. In this way transmutation. a pound of it must be projected on a thousand pounds of melted Sol. so that the colour of Sol could not mount higher. will a Medicine have been prepared for transmuting the leprous moisture of the metals. and another be produced. I. so far as relates to its preparation. It is not possible that anything should here be set down more fully or more clearly than I have before spoken. are known to simple men rather than to sophists. with others before me. Let her rather fly to it. indeed. For the transmutation of an inferior metal into a superior one brings with it many difficulties and obstacles. it remains that we turn it to our use: and this is offered to us by the Spagyric Magistery in two ways. with his ill-founded philosophy. Nature. as shall be heard more at large in the following chapter. even as I. grew again. have tried each of them in different ways. or the union. According to the former mode it can be applied for the renewing of the body. when this Tincture has been prepared by artists. But I myself. have often brought Venus to more than twenty-four (al. those which turn one appearance of a metal into another. they converted the same to the renovation of men. through its abuse from the carelessness of the artists. For when they were unable to use the Tincture according to their desire. herself does not bring forth anything into the light which is advanced to its highest perfection. whose feathers thereupon fell off. came into Medicine and Alchemy. at length. as I myself have seen. Theophrastus Paracelsus. very few could bring it by means of a perfect preparation to its end. Perhaps on account of their sins God willed that the Magnalia of Nature should be hidden from many men. concerning the process of the ancients and my correction of the Tincture of the Philosophers.says the first Spagyrist. on account of the just envy of the artificers. moreover. And these things. nevertheless. in the mountain commonly called Kuttenberg. by their carelessness and bad guardianship. Then. For truly. nothing in the nature of things shall then at length be so difficult which cannot be made manifest to you by the aid of this Art. or Venus into Sol. and more malleable than the other produced by Nature. it is consumed into rust. through the remarkable contempt of the ignorant. which formerly existed. namely. CHAPTER VI. This fact has rendered that same Aristotle. when the rustics in Hungary cast iron at the proper season into a certain fountain. Moreover. according to the latter it is to be used for the transmutation of metals. since now we have that treasure of the Egyptians in our hands. consisting of Antimony or or Quartal. and. But though the old artists were very desirous of this arcanum. When at length you shall have been taught as accurately as possible the Alchemistic Art. I am willing to put them forward and to describe them according to the signs indeed of the work. and partly. and when this is liquefied with a blast-fire. of our duality. this was eaten up by fowls. for this will lead you to its perfect knowledge. and you shall find. in Istria. then. and they were not able to reduce their projection to work its effects. It would be impious and indecorous to put food in the mouth of a perfidious bird. . which Venus I used in all respects as other kinds. which reaches not its end or its aim. fatuous.

they named it The Tincture of the Philosophers. Of this fact Germany.Ibid. The dose is very small. Lib. By Benedictus Figulus. ("A Golden and Blessed Casket of Nature's Marvels". by means whereof all superfluity is radically removed from it and transmuted? For when the seed is once made sound all else is perfected. though it seems scarcely credible to any one. will afford the most ample evidence. HERE ENDS THE BOOK CONCERNING THE TINCTURE OF THE PHILOSOPHERS.. as is most clearly shewn in different histories. and the whole race of internal diseases. c.Paramirum. therefore. . So the Art of Vulcan. . -Explicatio Totius Astronomiae. the Tincture of the Philosophers is a Universal Medicine. scab. that is. What avails the ill-founded purgation of the sophists since it removes nothing as it ought? This. NOTES 1 The Arcanum of a substance is not the virtue (virtus) but the essence (vir) and the potency (potentia). VI. . Tract III. Par. Some of the first and primitive philosophers of Egypt have lived by means of this Tincture for a hundred and fifty years. and appeared as a piece de résistance in his "Golden and Blessed Casket of Nature's Marvels". . nevertheless. c.. Now first done into English from the German original published at Frankfort in the . Machaon. Poland. Bohemia.5. venereal disease. it still appears as though it were established in its primal youth. dropsy. and similar afflictions.Lib. but what is described is really a separation or extraction of the pure from the impure. 3 The Book of the Revelation of Hermes. Where the three prime principles are wanting. according to their judgment. nevertheless. and is stronger than the virtue. . seems to have been first brought to light by Benedictus Figulus. or the igneous element. is the most excellent foundation of a true physician. the powers and virtues of the Tincture of the Philosophers were miraculously discovered.CHAPTER VII. The life of many. by which all these philosophers have attained long life for resisting diseases. and it is more correctly termed an Arcanum. So. and keeps it so firmly in that condition that it lives on in safety from all infirmities. concerning the Supreme Secret of the World. Vulcan is an astral and not a corporal fabricator. Sophist. colic. just like an invisible fire. c. CONCERNING THE RENOVATION OF MEN. and so. in the firmament.. and consumes all diseases. so heaven performs the work of coction through the Sun. noli-me-tangere. etc.De Caduco Matricis. by which the eternal and the temporal are divided one from another. For as the artist excocts by means of Vulcan. and the restoration of youth. and they have attained this end entirely and most effectually. I. of which an English translation has been very recently published. After this. look at Theophrastus Paracelsus. 4. interpreted by Theophrastus Paracelsus. therefore. indeed. cancer. By means thereof I have cured the leprosy. and in so doing his operation is like that of the heaven itself. So also this art might be called the death of things. . not a true quintessence. France. the new essence itself drives out all that is opposed to it. too. IV. more surely than one could believe. 1. Lib. The Igneous Vulcan is nothing else but Sulphur. an old error of the doctors conferred the name of virtues upon the potential essences. the regeneration of the nature. also lupus. the falling sickness. which is Alchemy. but equally in all the other elements. To effect this regeneration. and Mercury. Meteorum. but its effect is most powerful. has been extended and prolonged to several centuries. How can your Apollo. there also the igneous essence is absent. Many things are elsewhere set forth concerning the Quintessence. then. The artist working in metals and other minerals transforms them into other colours. and Hippocrates stand against me? This is the Catholicum of the Philosophers. Now. 2 The office of Vulcan is the separation of the good from the bad. Italy. nor is his habitation in heaven only.De Morbis Metallicis. is the Vulcan of heaven accomplishing coction in the earth. is like unto death. Sal Nitrum. And although. Vulcan is the fabricator and architect of all things. For its power is so remarkable that it extends the life of the body beyond what is possible to its congenital nature. by whatsoever name they are called. the body at length comes to old age. and up to this time have been used in secret and kept concealed by true Spagyrists. fistulas.. The Sun.De Icteritiis. For what can there be in the whole range of medicine greater than such purgation of the body.

stable. With this. by which are discovered the dews of Heaven and the fastnesses of Earth. so also is this Spirit in all elementary created things. destroying Poverty and misery. This is the Spirit of Truth. flourishing at different times. To them it was answered that there is nothing which might deliver the mortal body from death. Adam and Eve. The same is of a mysterious nature. it is somewhat superfluous to reproduce the treatise here. It is sought by many and found by few. are held to be the fifth substance (for they are indestructible. and have found that that which preserves the human body from corruption. but since this translation claims to include everything written by the physician of Hohenheim on the subject of Alchemy and the Universal Medicine. conducts itself. all work and industry would cease. giving Health. have desired to behold its face. The Saints. and was greatly desired by the Holy Fathers. as it were like the Heavens. expelling all Evil. bringing to the pious earthly honour and long life. And as the Soul is in all the limbs of the Body. It is the spirit of the fifth substance. there does not seem to be any record of an apocalypse. Aristotle prepared an apple. preventing all evil words and thoughts. an indissoluble uniting of body and soul. By Avicenna this Spirit is named the Soul of the World. boundless power. renew youth. leading to all good things. could neither eat nor drink on account of old age. Peace. quickly healing all Diseases. For death was laid as a punishment upon our first parents. and wants no other aid. and is produced by Art. so also does this Spirit move all bodies. nor dry and cold like earth. the Secret of all Secrets. giving man his heart's desire. a Fount of all Joys ( beneath the rays of the moon). This spiritual Essence. which the world cannot comprehend without the interposition of the Holy Ghost. and has been philosophically called by the above-mentioned name. have sought this One Thing with great labour. 1893). For if everyone knew it. an excellent spirit above Heavenly and other spirits. Aristotle. and it is impossible to say what forged document may have been the subject of interpretation by Paracelsus. It has the powers of all creatures. wondrous strength. bringing in Joy. and at all times. as the Soul moves all the limbs of the body. and the Revelation of Hermes seems in many parts to betray another hand. London: James Elliott and Co. but to the wicked who misuse it. and other philosophers. prolonging life by its scent. so also this One Thing (compared to the forces of our body) is an indestructible essence. upholding the strength of all things. and earthly fortune. and will never depart from all their descendants. its action is found in all elements. perfect equation of all the Elements. and the pearls be cast before swine. As Morienus says: "He who has this has all things. Eternal Punishment". a most particular union of spiritual virtues. nor cold and moist like water. the Supporter of Heaven and Earth. Hermes. a right commingling of natural forces. or without the instruction of those who know it. from which they understood that the Heavens are a substance above the Four Elements. As the collection of Figulus is now so readily accessible. Love. even in the highest perfection.year 1608. It is beheld from afar and found near. 8vo. drying up all the superfluities of our bodies. bodily health. When the philosophers had discovered it. the most sure of all things certain. in every place. especially in its quotation of authorities who are not countenanced by its reputed author. lest the same should become known to the unworthy. who have introduced the Arts. What the mouth of man cannot utter is all found in this spirit. was revealed from above to Adam. It is the purest and noblest substance of an indestructible body. Among the many writings which have been fabulously attributed to Hermes. for it exists in every thing. and prolongs life. For in it are all temporal happiness. it is appended at this point. driving away Hatred and Sorrow. It is neither hot and dry like fire. and prolong short human life (as with the patriarchs). the Outpourer of Rain. man would desire nothing but this one thing. or One Thing. a wondrous closing and finish of philosophical work. Therefore.. Plato. And just as the Heavens. with respect to other elements. which cannot be destroyed nor harmed by the Elements. and many others. the above philosophers. fifteen days before his death. For. but that there is One Thing which may postpone decay. It is the Last and the Highest Thing to be sought under the Heavens. nor warm and moist like air. when he. with great diligence and labour. and more especially have explored the secrets of inferior Creation. some of them also flourishing in great riches. Joy. and the qualities of all things are therein. all these have eagerly sought a means whereby man's body might be preserved from decay and become endued with immortality. from the beginning of the world. and suffer no foreign admixture). the Mover of Sea and Wind. they straightway concealed it under a strange tongue. this also Hermes and Aristotle call the Truth without Lies. It should be premised that Benedictus Figulus complains bitterly of the mutilation and perversion to which the works of Paracelsus were subjected. . But it is a skilful. with respect to the other elements. and in parables. By virtue of this essence did Adam and the Patriarchs preserve their health and live to an extreme age.

For if to such an one there be given. in the aerial a Kybrick. and when brooding has embraced the Waters. In its fifth and last nature. and has its shining realm in the heavens. and the most select and beautiful of all other heavenly things. producing beauty and strength of body. that it may be more readily recognised. and restoring the natural heat of the liver. it removes the diseases of age. illumines the Heavens. it appears as an impure earthly body. equal to those from the mines. This spirit is the secret hidden from the beginning. and. and does mayn other incredible wonders which may not be revealed to the unworthy. greatest. healing all sickness and wounds in the bowels of man. also its outward appearance. Here Christ is my witness that I lie not. It expands the blood vessels. in which form it does many wondrous works. which in the Beginning filled the earth and brooded over the waters. For it heals all dead and living bodies without other medicine. And. there is but one spirit working everywhere and in all things. and there is nothing like unto it under Heaven. continues to burn for ever without diminution.people would live wickedly. but fruitful in works. nor hath the heart of man understood what Heaven hath naturally incorporated with this Spirit. so that it reach the stomach. and more effective in works. of an oily nature. in the watery an Azoth. the subtlest and purest. converts all metallic bodies into gold. without defects. For eye hath not seen. when setting incorporates the purity of Earth. inwardly and outwardly. the Angel of God. without reason. midway between the highest and lowest. is called by these names. This spirit is named Raphael. so that frequent bleeding becomes necessary. and (a small quantity being taken in the food) preventing melancholy and heating of the gall. restores strength to the sight. This work of God is far too deep for understanding. and the world be ruined. producing good and consuming proud flesh. yet to the initiated they are true and possible. it appears in a glorified and illuminated form. and His wisdom is without end. This spiritual substance is neither heavenly nor hellish. it goes to his heart. In this form it cures cold and hot fevers and is a specific against poisons. For although this spirit which we seek. for all heavenly influences are united and combined therein. Here its natural works are taken for miracles. seeing that they would provoke God by reason of their avarice and superfluity. still somewhat watery and not dried enough). For God is wonderful in His works. Hence it is called the Elixir of Life. For a refined spirit cannot appear except in a body suitable to its nature. and leading earth with itself to heaven. wherein it possesses all previous powers and virtues in a higher and more wondrous degree. A lamp. healing the same when injured or wounded. In its fourth nature it appears in a fiery form (not quite freed from all imperfections. for it is the last. increasing the quantity of the blood and seed. by however many names it be called. when the hidden sense is properly understood. giving the old young hearts and bodies. But in its third nature it appears as an aerial body. driving away all previous moisture and poison. and highest secret of Nature. and hearty body. It converts crystals into the most precious stones of all colours. nor ear heard. and healing generally. on account of its qualities. in growing persons removes what is superfluous and makes good defects in the limbs. Given in small doses to old people. whom the others all obey as their King. expelling all stench. because (although still having its corruptions) its Virtue is greater. in wine. renewing him at once. making the old young and reviving those at the point of death. When applied to the roots of dead trees they revive. a barleycorn's weight of this fire. say what one will. that the pious may reverently praise Him in His gifts (which gift of God shall afterwards come to them). wherein it has many virtues. while from its body there flow whole rivers of living water. to the Honour of God. In its first state. somewhat more beautiful than before. is of great comfort in all diseases. think to find this Spirit of Life in things foreign to our Art. That is the spirit which. which the world cannot grasp without the gracious interposition of the Holy .dwelling in fiery form in the air. Therefore have I briefly enumerated some of the qualities of this Spirit. Hence they are deceived by these names who. taken three times a day. for. It is much nearer the truth. cures withered limbs. let no one imagine there be different spirits. It is the Spirit of God. it appears as a watery body. the oil of which is mingled with this spirit. in the earthly Alcohoph and Aliocosoph. yet granted by God to a few holy men for the revealing of these riches to His Glory . In its second nature. bringing forth leaves and fruit. which it drives from heart and lungs. seeking without instruction. purifying the blood. yet the same is not in these bodies and cannot be in them. but an airy. It then has an earthly nature. pure. And although these writings may be regarded as false by the reader. almost freed from all imperfections. full of imperfections. This spirit flies through the midst of the Heavens like a morning mist. This essence also reveals all treasures in earth and sea. leads its burning fire into the water. This spirit in its fiery form is called a Sandaraca. shining like gold and silver. when rising. and I will herewith shew what powers and virtues it possesses in each thing.

wonderful in virtue and works. what a wondrous and laudable spirit is purity. than which there is nothing more costly under Heaven. I beg all Christians. brightens the eyes. highest of all that is.wakest the dead. beauty in its perfection preserved. Jesus Christ. I am unable to speak enough of its virtues. cleanses the leper. For it embraces the whole world. Noah the Ark. Hence it is called the Stone and Spirit of Truth. Through this spirit have the philosophers invented the Seven Liberal Arts. a power which to its initiates grants all material joys! O desirable knowledge. The Almighty be praised for having created this Art and for revealing it to God-fearing men. Amen. possessing the virtues of all bodies under Heaven! For from it flow the water of life. strengthening all the world! O thou invincible virtue. was hospitable. although it appear impossible to fools. I testify before God that I lie not. be praise and glory immortal. For many seek. called the revealing of the occult spirit. more than that of gold and silver. and in it alone is truth. and Miriam. Through the same Moses made the golden vessels in the Ark. which also the whole world desires for its virtue. and in it are found the properties of all things. although despised by the ignorant. of well-proved virtue. the purest and most perfect soul of the world. Yea. lovely above all things beneath the circle of the Moon. the oil and honey of eternal healing. and bringing upon themselves many misfortunes and the punishments of God. that proceeding from humours . fruitfulness of life. For it reaches to the planets. And thus is fulfilled this precious and excellent work. bestows all health and abundance of treasure. restorest the voice of the dying! O thou treasure of treasures. turns everything into Sun and Moon. and healing and medicine of all things! Thou last discovery in earthly natures. Who has given such a treasure to man. yet held by the wise in great praise. that they have hidden these things (lest they should be discovered by the blind. Isaac. wonderful. But this spirit is one genius. and abundance ensured in all things pleasing to men! O thou spiritual substance. and thus hath it nourished them with honey and water from the rock. and King Solomon did many beautiful works to the honour of God. Therefore is its acquisition very hard. by which Nature is strengthened. expellest diseases. Ezra restored the Law. called by Avicenna "an unspeakable substance". having no equal among creatures. heals the sick. saith Morienus: "He who hath it. Therefore. mystery of mysteries. because. have had lifelong abundance and riches. which thus hath united and comprised in the virtue and power of this One Spirit the qualities of all existing bodies! O unspeakable honour and boundless joy granted to mortal man! For the destructible things of Nature are restored by virtue of the said Spirit. most secret of all secret things. but few find it. and overcomes the Elements and the fifth Substance. and which cannot be prized enough. O mystery of mysteries. greatly desired by the whole world! Oh. and glory. in its works is no vanity. and. Abraham. Therefore is this Art to be shewn to all God-fearing persons. and divine. raises the clouds. and art of all arts. its praise cannot be sufficiently expressed. O unfathomable abyss of God's Wisdom. weakness destroyed. banishes sorrow. For it is the best of all things. and praising God. and heart and limbs are renewed. generally. of all things mortal that man can desire in this world. and Jacob. Amen . thereby offending God's Majesty. drives away mists. and lordly power. because its good qualities and powers are beyond human thoughts. in which lie hidden the secrets and mysteries of the world. Solomon the Temple. Therewith Moses built the Tabernacle. and thereby gained their riches. lovely above all things! O thou wondrous power. cures all diseases. because it cannot be bought with a price. Lord God of our Fathers. and those drowned in worldly godlessness) by which the wise and the pious have praised Thee! For the discoverers of the mystery of this thing to the unworthy are breakers of the seal of Heavenly Revelation. Therefore. Blessed art Thou. except it be to one living in Godliness.Spirit and instruction from those who know it. last best gift to Patriarchs and Sages. honour. that no one has hitherto explored Nature so deeply. Moses' sister. By this. and all the saints possessing it have therewith praised God. blooming youth is preserved. unutterable by the tongue of man. the same also hath all things". old age driven away. unfathomable in nature and power. reveals all hidden treasures. and other righteous men. gives its light to all things. riches. to communicate the same to nobody. there is nothing deeper in Nature. To our Trismegistus Spagyrus. nothing can compare with it. Hence the impure and those living in vice are unworthy of it. possessing this knowledge. in which stand all joy. in that Thou hast given the prophets this knowledge and understanding.

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